(Photo: Troy Young)
FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Ben Kucera scored a third-period goal, but it was not enough to prevent the Wichita Falls Wildcats (13-8-3) from losing to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs (16-7-0) on Saturday, 3-1.
Just as in Friday’s contest, the Ice Dogs were the first to find the back of the net, and they did so on their first two shots of the game. First, it was Colton Wolter winning possession in the offensive zone and beating Chase Munroe with a backhanded effort. Less than two minutes later, Doug Rose picked up his second of the weekend off a feed into the low slot from below the goal line by Kyle Lee.
The Ice Dogs outshot the Wildcats in the second period, 8-3, but the score line remained unchanged as the game headed into the third period.
Fairbanks stretched their lead to three just 36 seconds into the final frame, as Tayler Munson finished off a crisp passing play started by Rose and Wolter.
Wichita Falls scored on the man-advantage to trim the deficit to two at 10:01 of the third period. Kucera took a pass from Sam Piazza along the well and walked into the middle of the ice. With traffic in front, the Leawood, Kan.-native ripped a shot through traffic that beat Kevin Aldridge for his fifth goal of the year.
The Wildcats increased the pressure in the final minutes, but it was not enough to overcome the Ice Dogs, who have now won six straight.
Wichita Falls finishes its four-game Alaskan road trip with a record of 2-2, having also swept the Kenai River Brown Bears last weekend.
The Wildcats are next in action on Wednesday, Nov. 27 when they take on the Lone Star Brahmas in North Richland Hills, Texas. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with video streaming available via FASTHockey.com.
Fairbanks – Colton Wolter (Tayler Munson) 4:09
Fairbanks – Doug Rose (Kyle Lee, Hans Gorowsky) 5:40
Fairbanks – Tayler Munson (Colton Wolter, Doug Rose) 0:36
Wichita Falls – Ben Kucera (power play) (Sam Piazza) 10:01